Archive for April, 2014
An update on the College’s Transition to Practice Program in General Surgery is the focus of Dr. Hoyt’s column this month, including a closer look at two institutions currently pilot testing the program.
Medicare and Medicaid coverage access to care issue for dual eligibles are reviewed in this article. Provisions in the Affordable Care Act that are designed to improve care for this patient population, including those calling for establishment of state demonstration projects, are described.
An update on provisions in the Affordable Care Act related to trauma care and trauma systems is provided, as is a summary of surge capacity issues in the current system.
This article documents how miscommunication between the surgeon’s office and the operating suite can lead to wrong site surgery and offers recommendations on how to ensure that the correct information is conveyed.
A surgeon’s potential markers of performance in the aging surgeon is the focus of this article. It includes a review of skills assessment issues and offers practical solutions for senior practitioners looking to transition away from practice.
An overview of the Measures Applications Partnership and the recommendations provided by the College on performance measures in public reporting and performance-based payment programs is the focus of this month’s column.
The challenges and benefits of practicing surgery in rural Argentina are highlighted in this column.
RAS-ACS International Exchange Scholarship Program provides unique opportunity for global collaboration
The goals and preliminary impact of the International Exchange Scholarship Program developed by the Resident and Associate Society of the College are summarized in this column, along with brief excerpts of scholars’ reports detailing their experiences with the program.
Enrolling patients into national clinical trials—particularly patients from community cancer centers—is necessary to advance the science and treatment of cancer care.
This month’s column describes the return of important historical medical texts from the ACS to the Illinois College Medical Library.
The Joint Commission’s ongoing efforts to include physicians in the standards development process is described in this month’s column.
This month’s column highlights the top 10 hospital-related complications reported in 2013 admission year medical records.
An update on the Hartford Consensus initiative, including the distribution of bleeding control kits and training to police departments around the country, is provided in this news brief.
An article in the February 6 HealthLeaders Media, “Better bariatric surgery outcomes depend on data accreditation,” underscores the effectiveness of the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program, which has created a single accreditation process for bariatric centers.
The Journal of the American College of Surgeons has published new standards, which define the resources necessary to perform operations effectively and safely in infants and children. In the report, the Task Force for Children’s Surgical Care issued a classification system for children’s surgical centers similar to the trauma center levels assigned by the College.
Melina Kibbe, MD, FACS, recently commented on gender disparities in medical research during a segment on 60 Minutes, which aired on February 9.
The 2014 Rural Surgery Symposium—Advocacy, Economics, and Patient Care—will focus on national and local influences on surgical care in rural America as well as how changes in surgical education may affect future rural surgical care.
ACS chapters meetings, events, and award presentations are summarized.
An overview of chapter management succession planning is provided in this news brief, including information on responsibilities and terms of Executive Committee members.
The College hosted the ACS Surgical Health Care Quality Forum, North Carolina—the 16th stop on the Inspiring Quality Tour—on February 19. A panel of health care leaders from several North Carolina institutions discussed how quality improvement efforts enhance surgical patient safety and reduce costs.